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Das Geisterschiff (The Ghost Ship)
80 pages
15 EUR
Paperback, 14 x 22 cm
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Miracles sometimes occur in the world of theater. Modest, fearless young people appear who dare to deal with the major topics of theater history. Like Margareth Obexer, who asks anew about the material of the Greek tragedies and confronts us with a new kind of tragedy: The world in which we live can represent the tragedies of our time in medial form, but they remain distant from us, they don't really reach us. We take part for a short time, but we feel powerless and deal with our daily lives again as if nothing has happened. With her works, Margareth Obexer forces tragedy back to the stage and shows how present her material is in today's world.

Das Geisterschiff (The Ghost Ship) tells a story that took place in December 1996 off the Sicilian coast. Then, 283 refugees drowned off the southern coast of Italy, and their death was silenced for years. The legend of a »ghost ship«, whose existence and sinking was only unearthed by an Italian journalist six years later, haunted the area. This case created the basis for a theatrical work in which - in the sense of an antique tragedy as a scene of conflicts between humans and gods - humans treat other humans in such a way that they infringe against divine law. As in Antigone, not only are the dead not buried, but their death itself and their previous existence are simply negated. Neither pathetic nor pedantic, the Margareth Obexer's dialogues, produced on stage by Leyla Rabih, ask fundamental questions of a culture and politics that no longer want to recognize their own moral values.

Margareth Obexer, born 1970 in Brixen/Italy, lives in Berlin. She studied comparative literature, philosophy, theater and Romance languages and literature in Vienna and Berlin. Margareth Obexer is the author of theater and radio plays, short stories, essays as well as translations for radio plays. She is currently guest docent for dramatic writing at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin and is an independent editor for the literary pages of the weekly Freitag. Selected works include: Offene Türen, Gelbsucht, F.O.B., Decapitation strike, Das Risiko, Von Kopf bis Fuß. Margareth Obexer received the Slábbész prize - for both directing and text - from the international radio play department in Rust, Burgenland/Austria for her radio play Die Liebenden (The Lovers, 1999), premiered as a play in Tübingen, 2003. She received fellowships from the Literarische Colloquium Berlin and the Akademie der Künste, Berlin. She was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2004.